Mentors Needed!

Hello, everyone! We have had a fantastic turnout for the 2019 NMRT Mentoring Program, but we are short a few mentors! If you or anyone you know would be willing to be a mentor for this awesome program, we would greatly appreciate it! Just fill out this form by Friday, March 22.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to mentor early career librarians!

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Deadline Extended

Good news! We have extended the deadline to sign up for the 2019 Mentoring Program! The new deadline is Friday, March 8, so if you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time! Just click here to fill out the interest form.

And thanks to everyone who has already signed up! Stay tuned for your matches!

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Sign Up Today!

If you haven’t signed up for NMRT’s Mentoring Program yet, you can do so today! Just fill out the interest form here! And if you want to learn more about the program, you can visit this page, or email Chelsea Seddon ( with questions.

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2019 Mentoring Program Sign-ups

We are pleased to announce that sign-ups are open for the 2019 VLA NMRT Mentoring Program! Whether you have been a part of the program in the past or this is your first time hearing about it, we would love to have you as a mentor or mentee! Here’s a bit more information about the program:

Are you interested in expanding your professional network? The VLA NMRT Mentoring Program is designed to help new VLA members grow professionally through partnerships with seasoned VLA members. The program is open to the following:

Mentees: Librarians or library staff members in the first five years of their professional career, library school students. See this guide for more details.

Mentors: A career mentor must have been employed in a professional position for at least five years and be willing to correspond with their mentee at least once every two months in whatever manner is most convenient for both parties. See this guide for more details.

  • Membership in VLA is required. Conference attendance is not required.
  • The VLA NMRT Mentoring Program is not intended as a job search program.
  • Mentor/mentee partnerships will officially run from March to October.
  • Mentors and mentees will be partnered based on their similar interests, professional experience or goals, and when able, by their geographic proximity to each other. While face-to-face communication is not required, we hope that mentors and mentees who are near one another take the opportunity to meet in person. The availability of mentors and mentees and the information provided on the applications will determine the partnerships made.

To sign up to participate, please fill out the interest form hereThe deadline to sign up is Thursday, February 28. 

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Congratulations to our 2018-2019 officers!

The results are in, and we’re pleased to announce our 2018-2019 leadership team!

Bill Edwards-Bodmer, Chair

Anne Rappe-Epperson, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Chelsea Seddon, Secretary/Treasurer

Kelsey Hammer, Communications Director

Congratulations! Stay tuned for a special election for our conference director.

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It’s time to vote for 2018-2019 officers!

It’s time to vote for NMRT’s 2018-2019 officers! View candidate statements and bios below, and cast your vote here.  Voting will close at 5 pm on Friday, November 9.

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Anne Rappe-Epperson

Current job title: Digital and Adult Services Librarian at the Appomattox Regional Library System

Professional Biography: My journey to librarianship began as a teen volunteer in high school. Since I enjoyed helping my high school library’s circulation so much, my high school librarian recommended that I pursue a career in libraries. I took her advice. While actively staying involved in my college with leadership roles, such as a resident advisor, my college library, and the local library in Greensboro, NC, I got my Bachelor’s Degree in History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Guilford College. After graduating college, I took a full time library assistant position at the Petersburg Public Library, where I was then promoted to the Customer Services Supervisor. Three years later I joined the Chester Library team at the Chesterfield County Public Library as their Customer Services Supervisor. I recently completed my Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. In September of 2018, I joined the team at ARLS to become their Digital and Adult Services Librarian.

Statement of Purpose: I have always enjoyed being part of committees and helping my team members grow. While I was in Chesterfield, I not only managed a group of twelve part time circulation staff, but I also served as the leader of the Tech Council, which was formed of my peers. In this council we explored ways in which technology could improve our customer service and communicating about what technology did and did not work in order to get a more comprehensive picture for our IT department. This experience was very rewarding for me and I want to bring my leadership background to help New Members Round Table continue to grow. I have been active in VLA since I first became a circulation staff member in Petersburg. I love the networking and support that VLA and NMRT provides to its members and want to do my part in continuing that. The position of Vice Chair/Chair Elect requires dedication, management, and organization skills. I have finally reached a point in my life where I feel I can really make an impact outside of my own library and would welcome an opportunity to get further involved with the New Members Round Table.


Chelsea Seddon

Current Job Title: Branch Manager, Roanoke Public Libraries

Professional Biography: I have been working for Roanoke Public Libraries since 2016, and I am the branch manager for the Gainsboro Branch Library. I have been enrolled in the Masters of Science in Information Sciences program at the University of Tennessee and will graduate this December. I have really enjoyed getting to learn many different aspects of the field, as well as being fortunate enough to be able to complete a practicum with the Law Library of Congress. Previously, I earned a BA in German and a BA in English (with a minor in Linguistics) from the University of Montana.

Statement of Purpose: I joined VLA in 2016, and participated in NMRT’s Mentoring Program in 2017. It was such a positive experience that I decided to run for a position on the leadership team and was elected to be Secretary/Treasurer of NMRT this past year (2017-18). Coordinating the mentoring program and connecting mentors and mentees from across the state has been such a fun and rewarding experience. I was also fortunate enough to be able to attend the VLA Conference in September, help with the social events, and meet so many wonderful information professionals from across the state! I would love to continue to work with the rest of the leadership team to bring in new members, help organize social events, and coordinate the Mentoring Program for another awesome year. Thank you for your consideration!

Communications Director

Kelsey Hammer

Current Job Title: Digital Literacy & Multimedia Production Librarian, Virginia Tech University Libraries

Professional Biography: I began my position as the Digital Literacy & Multimedia Production Librarian at Virginia Tech in late July 2018. My work includes producing learning objects, teaching about information and digital literacy, and helping to shape digital literacy practices at the university. I earned my MSLS from the the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a BA in English and a minor in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy. At UNC I also worked as a graduate assistant at the R.B. House Undergraduate Library where my duties included digital literacy efforts, media and design instruction, and social media outreach.

Statement of Purpose: As a new librarian, new Virginian, and new member of VLA, I’m excited to not only start connecting with my peers across the Commonwealth, but to also help connect them to one another. The challenge of communications and outreach is channeling the best strategy and creativity to deliver the right information in the most enjoyable way for an audience. This challenge happens to be one of my favorite things in the world and and a duty I would be happy and honored to perform for this community. I look forward to the opportunity to help foster connections among so many brilliant folks and to work with the board to support new information professionals as they learn, grow, and find mentorship within the profession. Thank you for your consideration!

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Nominations deadline extended!

Are you looking to get involved in VLA? Have some great ideas about things you’d like the VLA New Members Round Table Forum (VLA NMRT) to do? We’ve extended the nomination period for 2018-2019 officers. Consider nominating yourself or someone you know for the following positions:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (2 years)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1 year)
  • Communications & Outreach Director (1 year)
  • Programming Director (1 year)
  • Conference Director (1 year)
  • Student Representative (1 year)

Nominees must be current VLA members. Send your nominations and candidate statements by Friday, October 26, to:

  • Lisa Becksford (lisab5 at vt (dot) edu) – Chair
  • Bill Edwards-Bodmer (bebodmer at gmail (dot) com)– Vice-Chair/ Chair Elect

Examples of a previous year’s candidate statements can be used as a model. Elections will be held online from November 5-9

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